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A Texas teacher and two assistants isolated a 5-year-old special needs boy until he was deprived of food and started eating his own poop.

Melody LaPointe, 47, and teaching assistants Tarah Tinney, 33, and Augusta Costlow, 27, were charged earlier this week with abandoning or endangering a child in the April 2021 incident.

The three are accused of keeping the boy in an isolation room at the Liberty Independent School District facility, ABC 13 reported.

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Melody LaPointe, 47, and teaching assistants Tarah Tinney, 33, and Augusta Costlow, 27, face charges after isolating a special needs boy, forcing him to eat his own feces and drink urine, according to reports.
(Liberty County Sheriff’s Office)

Authorities said they deprived him of food, forcing him to eat his own feces and urine.

Tinney and Costlow resigned, and LaPointe, the classroom principal, works for another school district, which also placed her on leave, the report said.

After learning of the incident, Liberty ISD contacted authorities.

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“We immediately reported the matter to law enforcement and CPS (Child Protective Services), removed the teachers who continued to work for us from the classroom and conducted a comprehensive investigation,” a district spokesperson said.

“Based on our investigation, we reported the educators to the State Board for Education Certification and shared our findings with law enforcement officials,” the spokesperson added.

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